1987 Ford Thunderbird Reviews - Page 9 of 13

1987 Ford Thunderbird LX V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles

Summary:

For only paying $1500.00 I got a pretty good deal

Faults:

Water pump went started leaking.

Brakes were really bad in it.

Headlights are really really dim.

Needed a new starter.

It needed a new distributer.

General Comments:

This car handles very well for an older car. The gas mileage on it is not to bad. The interior except for the roof is in excellent shape. It is very low on miles for the age of the car. The power isn't all that good going up hills. I wish that it would have a lot more power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th January, 2002

1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.3L turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance193000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

A diamond in the rough for Ford that they will never make again

Faults:

The car's braking system was fantastic, when it worked. When it broke, EVERYTHING cost a great deal of money unless you could cut corners like I did or you knew people. I once had to have Ford do an entire search to find an ABS sensor and it had been sitting on a service shelf for 8 years.

The car also loved to overheat, and of all places, on the highway. You would think hard city driving would be the key, but not so in this case. My guess was that it was just a poorly-engineered water pump.

The fuel pump was the anti-Christ, and replacing it (and the fuel sending unit) was like the fifth ring of hell.

General Comments:

The postings on here made me think about a car that I loved dearly but no longer own. Despite its shortcomings, I have to be fair since the car was ten years old when I bought it. Although I have owned a few cars since then, this was one of the finest vehicles Ford ever made. It is a rarity too: I used to see one every three to four days; I am lucky if I see one now every three to four months.

I used this car as a daily driver, which was a bad idea in terms of my then broke-college student budget. I think I had the least-optioned TC available: no illuminated vanity mirrors, auto dim/lamp, etc. However, the color scheme (Black with Scarlet Red velour) was the best!

I'd eagerly recommend anyone to buy this car if they find a decent one, which is quite hard to find. The lower mileage, one-owner car is worth the extra $700-1000, trust me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2001

26th Sep 2006, 11:48

I have a 1987 T-bird Turbo Coupe with a manual transmission. I absolutely love the car. My step dad was the original owner of the car he always had another vehicle that he drove too. The car sat in the garage for a long time as a result it only has 41,000 miles and it still runs great, I have never had any real problems with it. The brakes aren't the greatest, but they aren't horrible.

6th Dec 2008, 10:15

I have a 1987 TC.. Black with Red Interior. I have owned the car since 1990 and love it! It has 150,000 miles on it and still the original motor and turbo and it uses no oil!

The brakes are great, and the 5 speed and the performance of the car makes it fun to drive.. The only issue is the electrical system.. too much "stuff" ie electronic ride control, ABS, etc... that gets weird with age..

The TC sits in the garage in the winter because the winter driving SUCKS!! Not a good rain or snow car.. when it starts slipping, even with the posi rear end, it gets very unpredictable...

Dave.

1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3 (?) 4-cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 (?) 4-cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired142 miles
Most recent distance30026 miles
Previous carMitsubishi '82 SAPPORO/MitsuPly

Summary:

Still love it & I wish Ford still made it

Faults:

Cooling fan (plastic) cracked.

Throw-out bearing is prone to chatter. Replaced it at 18K and it's doing it again.

Some have warped brake rotors, but it's a problem with many Fords of the same vintage.

Rear springs are prone to slight sag.

Antilock brake booster wears out prematurely. Gives a lot of prior warning -- light goes off and on.

Driving with the driver's seat base far forward will eventually loosen and/or crack the plastic housing that covers the housing. But this is cosmetic.

ABS plastic nose cone and header are a real weakness. They crack easily if hit and offer little protection for the radiator. Buy a couple of spares if you plan to keep the car forever.

Voltage regulator on some late '87 Fords goes haywire. Gas and temperature gauges will fluctuate bizzarely or peg out at high and stay there.

A/C developed a big leak 2 years ago and I have yet to repair or convert it from R12.

Check engine light occasionally lights, but nobody has found anything wrong. Also lights if following or idling behind a vehicle with emission problems, so I've nearly concluded it's a sensor.

General Comments:

Change the timing belt if there's any doubt.

Economical: 33 MPG highway @70 - 80 MPH. Huge gas tank, like 22 gal or so.

"Giant sucking sound" around town, 5-speed is a pig there. Or maybe it's my driving ;-)

No problems with the turbo or intercooler. All seals still good.

Motor mounts are still holding.

Original clutch has a lot left.

Power stering & rack are okay.

Automatic shocks work.

Got almost 28K (honest) out of the original tires, mostly highway.

Paint's good, car has always been indoors. Has a hood that you can see from inside the car.

Current car - '00 Buick LaSabre Custom as close as you can get to a Turbo Coupe for driveabilty and economy in a new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 48 reviews